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article imageOp-Ed: How e-petitions let us voice our opinions to world leaders

By Alexander Baron     Jul 17, 2013 in Politics
The Internet is now in virtually every home, and our leaders claim they are anxious to hear our voices. This is what some people have been telling them lately.
Ever heard of the Scottish wildcat? Currently, on the homepage of the Scottish Wildcat Association you can see a photograph of one climbing a tree. If you didn't know better, you'd think this was your neighbour's moggie; there are lots of videos of the animal on YouTube and related sites, although it appears there are anything but lots of them in the wild, less than a hundred now it seems, and their gene pool is being diluted by cross-breeding with domestic cats.
If you care about the fauna of Scotland, and more importantly want to help preserve the gene pool of this swiftly vanishing species, there is currently an e-petition in support of it on the Care2 petition website.
Does anyone who matters pay any attention to such petitions? Last April, Florida schoolgirl Kiera Wilmot caused an explosion at her school and ended up being both arrested and expelled.
Some 23,000 people were said to have signed a petition in her support, and all charges against her were subsequently dropped, though it remains to be seen if this was a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc.
Florida has been in the news a lot of late, and after the acquittal of Lucky George for the murder of not-so-lucky Trayvon, an organisation called the NAACP has started a petition to begin a second prosecution of George Zimmerman, which has to date attracted a million signatures.
But not everyone is impressed with this organisation's approach, including Dr. Alveda King who points out the NAACP also supports so-called gay marriage and abortion on demand.
There are plenty of other e-petitions for you to sign; one of the top ones in the UK is the Stop the badger cull petition. Started by Queen guitarist Brian May, to date this official petition on the HM Government site has attracted over a quarter of a million signatures.
Most petitions attract far fewer signatures, such as the one started by Aaron Farbridge calling on the Government to end the ban against practising homosexuals donating blood. This is said to be discriminatory. What else could it be? The people who work at a certain Manchester clinic could answer that, but if they did, they'd probably be branded homophobic.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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